County employees to strike for three days


The Marin Association of Public Employees, the county’s largest union, is staging a strike from July 1 to 3 after failed labor negotiations that continued through Wednesday. All library branches and the Health and Human Services offices in Point Reyes Station will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The union’s more than 1,300 employees include librarians, sheriff’s dispatchers, park rangers, road maintenance workers, deputy public defenders and more; according to a county press release sent late yesterday, employees performing critical functions, such as dispatchers, firefighters and crisis unit staff, will not participate in the strike. There will be no impacts to the Sheriff’s Office, the fire department, child support services and the probation department, among other departments. According to the press release, one of the biggest remaining disputes is the county’s proposal to gradually lower the maximum amount employees are refunded in cash from the money they don’t spend through their health benefits. The county’s package includes a one-time bargaining bonus of $1,000 for employees making less than $90,000 per year and $500 for those making more than $90,000. The proposed wage adjustments are 2.5 percent in 2018, 3 percent in 2019, and 2 percent in 2020. An email circulated among MAPE members said the county had submitted a new package since a notice of the strike was served on Monday evening. To see the status of the labor negotiations, visit the update page under “employee and labor relations,” under human resources on the county’s website.